Veterans Affairs

Acting VA Secretary Wilkie urges Congress to pass Choice reform

VA Acting Secretary Robert Wilkie. Credit: Chip Somodevilla, Getty Images

By Jessica Davis 02:06 pm April 10, 2018
The Choice Program was designed to shorten wait times and ease travel burdens for veterans. But Congress failed to pass the reform package last month.
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A screensnap of the VistA EHR. Credit: YouTube

By Jessica Davis 06:30 am April 06, 2018
We asked Healthcare IT News readers what they thought should come next for the VA’s EHR plan and the majority of users want to keep, and improve, the agency's software.
Veterans group wants new VA Secretary

An AMVETS post in Ohio. Credit: Mario Tama, Getty Images

By Jessica Davis 01:09 pm April 04, 2018
The President sidestepped ousted VA Secretary Shulkin’s deputy, who was next in line to succeed him, and named DoD official Robert Wilkie as acting secretary.
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Navy Rear Adm. Dr. Ronny Jackson speaks to the media during a White House Press Briefing. Credit: Alex Wong, Getty Images

By Jessica Davis 04:06 pm March 30, 2018
White House Physician Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson is generally respected in both the armed forces and medical field, but a lack of managerial experience calls into question his qualification for such a major role.
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VA Secretary Shulkin testifying during the House Appropriations Subcommittee on March 15. Credit: C-span

By Jessica Davis 10:37 am March 29, 2018
After enduring negative reports on his character for more than a month, the fired VA Secretary blasts those in the government with personal agendas.
David Shulkin Veteran Affairs
By 10:30 am March 29, 2018
Now that President Trump has officially removed Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, the future is uncertain for the department's EHR project.
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VA Secretary David Shulkin speaks at HIMSS18 in Las Vegas in early March.

By Jessica Davis 08:10 pm March 28, 2018
The president announced the news on Twitter, and it is still unclear what the shakeup means for Cerner’s pending deal to overhaul the agency’s EHR.
VA Secretary David Shulkin
By Jessica Davis 01:54 pm March 26, 2018
While reports as late as Sunday said the VA Secretary was out, the White House Deputy Press Secretary says the president currently has no plans to let him go – although "that could change."
FHIR and Open APIs in healthcare

Russell Leftwich, MD, speaking at HIMSS18.

By Mike Miliard 10:06 am March 26, 2018
While developers can catch on to standards like FHIR quickly there’s more work to be done than simply adding them to EHRs and other clinical apps.
House passes spending bill
By Susan Morse 01:15 pm March 22, 2018
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT will keep its $60 million operating budget, which some experts see as a boon to interoperability, and HHS gets a $10 billion boost.

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